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Plantin - Moretus Museum

Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 03 221 1450
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Ranked #2 of 73 Attractions in Antwerp
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company.

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New Port Richey, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this museum, so much to see. Go on a Friday morning and enjoy the auction market (selling secondhand household furniture, bikes, junk etc.) in the square outside the museum as well. Plus of course some nice little cafes to sit and watch the world go by.

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88 reviews 88 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

... but everyone who visits Antwerp must take an hour (or more likely three) to visit this example of what purposeful, enterprising and successful endeavor in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries has delivered unto us. And the level of technological development that is in evidence here set the tone for each subsequent epoch. You will not be sorry;... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The architecture, the story of the museum as well as its collection is fantastic! Very big though. You have to be prepared to spend at a couple of hours there

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Bad Voeslau, Austria
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

...or so we were told. Unique view into the history of printing. The print shop's production line has been wonderfully preserved and restored, an aboslute must to see when visiting Antwerp

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Wonderful museum with a world-class collection. It's the only museum that's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. We went expecting to spend an hour, and were there for the entire afternoon. If you like books, maps, prints, or libraries at all, definitely worth a visit. It's unique in all of Europe, in terms... More

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Surrey, UK
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76 reviews 76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Such an interesting place to visit. We had the audio guide, ad it was helpful and we learned such a lot. I'd really recommend visiting this museum.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Plantin - Moretus Museum is not only an incredibly well put-together museum, but it is the only place in the world where you can find information and artifacts of printing processes of the 16th to 19th century. I would recommend this museum a million times. The huge museum, which is the original house, and building where all the magic happened,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The great reviews of this museum are correct. We were very impressed with the historic collection of printing presses, type, Rubens portraits, and printed materials. Equally as fascinating, however, was the history of the family who lived in this rambling city center mansion, and the house itself. We highly recommend the audio guide available in multiple languages. We went towards... More

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Toronto, Canada
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187 reviews 187 reviews
77 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

Great story. Great building.We had a terrific time at this physically winding museum about the established printing business of centuries past. There was information about how the industry developed with rooms full of examples of books and printing projects that were developed at this business. The wealth created was demonstrated by the art purchased by the family that rivals some... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The museum does an excellent job in explaining how books were published / printed in the early days of book printing. There are plenty of explanations and this old building is in excellent condition (for its age). It also provides a good insight into the lives of the well off in the era.

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